Bird Nostrils and Nares

What are bird nostrils and nares?

Bird nostrils and nares are the same – they are nose holes. The more common word is nare. 

Bird nares are openings or holes that enable a bird to breathe. 

There are two holes – one on each side of a bird’s beak.

The beaks of birds are different sizes and shapes – long or short, small or large, straight or curved, and wide or thin. Therefore, the nares are in different places for different species of birds. 

Blue-and-Yellow Macaw

Some birds – especially parrots – have nares at the top of the beak. 

Some birds – especially those with long beaks – have nares in the middle of the beak. 

Some birds have feathers on their beak which hides the nares. 

Blue Crane
European Herring Gull
Hawaiian Goose
White-Naped Crane
Khea Parrot
Red-Headed Vulture
Emu
Ural Owl

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

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